The Madison Courier Backyard BBQ Blast is the amateur competition at the Madison Ribberfest. Cooks representing 52 teams set up on Vaughn Drive, with participants from Madison and areas in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and even Michigan.

The categories included ribs, pork, beef, poultry, game and other meats (rabbit, goat, venison, etc). Special prizes are awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners in each category, along with best original sauce, best original spice rub and best team awards.

New this year, The Madison Courier has renamed the team spirit award to honor former production manager Jack Ulery, who died in 2012. Ulery worked for the paper from 1998 to 2012. Curt Jacobs, Madison Courier general manager, said the camaraderie of the cooking competition really embodied Ulery's personality.






RIBS

(1st place tie)

1. Stoner's Rubbin It Right, Darrell Stoner, Fountaintown

1. Beer, Butts & BBQ, Terrell Lee, Greenfield

2. Hog Rock BBQ, Don and Loreda Prichard, Fletcher, Ohio

3. Check Your Shorts BBQ, John Moyer, Fishers



BEEF

1. Beachdogs 502 BBQ, Jeff and Kathy Ross, Louisville, Ky.

2. Nettie-Que, Scott Walters, Aurora

3. Lazy E, Jim Erickson, North Manchester



POULTRY

1. Big Sam's Pig Paint, Charlie Hawkins and Stan Marks, Louisville, Ky.

2. Monster Racks, Damon McMahan, Madison

3. Double J, Jean Erickson, North Manchester



PORK

1. Lock, Stock and Smokin' Barrel, Josh Lock, Canaan

2. Lazy E, Jim Erickson, North Manchester

3. Shu-B-Que, Jerry Ralston, Madison



GAME/OTHER

1. Roosters Smokin' Butts, Jan and Jeremy Richman, Daleville

2. Monster Racks, Damon McMahan, Madison

3. Little Sisters BBQ, Gina Sena-Siska, Cincinnati, Ohio



ORIGINAL RUB

Check Your Shorts BBQ, John Moyer, Fishers



ORIGINAL SAUCE

United Pork Smokers, Dustin Parker, Springville



BEST BBQ CONTRAPTION

Seeing Double BBQ, Don Schmidt, Nicholasville, Ky.



JACK ULERY TEAM SPIRIT AWARD

Monster Racks, Damon McMahan, Madison